Raiders Set To Collect Monday Night Spoils

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Josh Papali will try to impress Queensland selectors. Picture: News Limited/foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 22, 2012 – Canberra Raiders 28 d Brisbane Broncos 12 at Canberra Stadium
Round 7, 2012 – Brisbane Broncos 30 d Canberra Raiders 6 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 14, 2011 - Brisbane Broncos 25 d Canberra Raiders 24 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 2, 2011 - Brisbane Broncos 20 d Canberra Raiders 4 at Canberra Stadium
Round 26, 2010 - Canberra Raiders 18 d Brisbane Broncos 16 at Suncorp Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 8    Rd 9    Rd 10    Rd 11    Rd 12 
Raiders

W

W

L

L

-

Broncos

L

L

W

L

L


The Raiders  will be looking for their ninth consecutive win at Canberra Stadium when they host the Broncos  in Monday Night Football. Coach David Furner has named an unchanged lineup for the match, with both Blake Ferguson and David Shillington set to play after being involved in the State of Origin series opener on Wednesday night, while Glen Buttriss and Joel Edwards could return from injury if they prove their fitness before the match. Josh Papali was 19th man for Queensland in game one and will be out to secure a berth in the squad for the next match with a big performance.

Justin Hodges pulled up sore from Origin One and wasn’t named for the Broncos, who get Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker and Matt Gillett back following the clubs disappointing 56-18 loss to the Warriors in round 12. That trio will provide some much needed starch to the pack that was totally outmuscled by New Zealand last week. Jarrod Wallace, Dunamis Lui and Nick Slyney are all expected to drop off seven man bench named by coach Anthony Griffin.

1st Tryscorer

Edrick Lee  is regarded as a future State of Origin player and his efforts this season have shown that he is going in the right direction to reach that level. He has scored six tries from just eight NRL appearances in 2013 and bagged both of his sides tries in the 16-10 loss to Manly a fortnight ago.

Alex Glenn  was the Broncos leading tryscorer in 2012 but has struggled to reach those lofty heights in this campaign. His try against the Warriors last weekend was just his second of the season and Brisbane needs him to stand up and be counted during the testing Origin period.

Prediction

The Broncos may have won three of the past four meetings between these clubs, but they have a terrible record in the nation’s capital, where they have lost five of their past six. With temperatures set to be close to freezing on Monday night, Brisbane will be well out of its comfort zone and the Raiders should prove too good for them. Canberra Raiders by 10

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